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Legend is the title of the album, the band's fourth overall, and as soon as it starts playing you know that even with the new lineup it has the same unmistakable Witchcraft sound and energy. Witchcraft has always managed to hit that sweet spot between Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep (but mostly Black Sabbath) circa 1970. That comes from the heavy, doomy Tony Iommi-worshipping guitar riffs, Magnus Pelander's Ozzy Osbourne-style wail and the overall gloomy feel they bring to every song. They bring all these elements to bear on Legend, starting with the up-tempo groove of "Deconstruction" and continuing all the way through to the somber, plodding 12-minute closer "Dead End." Other highlights include the melancholy yet infectiously melodic "Flag of Fate" and "Ghosts House" and the wickedly catchy "It's Not Because of You," which is the album's first single.
Legend was produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, so there's a different vibe than on previous Witchcraft albums. Bogren, who made a name for himself mixing bands like Opeth, Paradise Lost and Katatonia, has an identifiable style, and it's more polished than Witchcraft fans may be used to.Read more ›
When the CD started with a doomy guitar riff, I thought, okay, it's a doom metal outfit. No sweat, I dig doom metal. Then, unmistakable Sabbath jackhammers started in, and then some of the smoothest and melodic vocals I've heard in a long time, right up there with Papa Emeritus from Ghost. The guitars are up front, riffs move in and out, and the album breathes with soft passages that recall some of the mellower moments of bands like Nazareth or Zeppelin, instead of leaning toward prog territory. It's classic rock revisited with a shot in the arm of fresh vocal ideas and a modern production. Witchcraft have a sound all their own, using their influences wisely and sparingly. I've had "Legend" only for a few days, but it is growing on me, always a good sign. People who wouldn't mind modern metal if it still had some of the old hooks of before should check out Witchcraft and one of my favorite bands, Orange Goblin. This is how you use the past to fuel an exciting future for heavy music.
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Easily my favorite hard rock/metal album of the last decade. I discovered Witchcraft's music recently, and while I enjoyed their earlier works, Legend is simply incredible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Darren Italiani
Excellent 'stoner rock' cd not unlike Black Sabbath. For me, not a bad song on it.Published 14 months ago by Rattlerrah
... but very cool to get one. These guys got me what I wanted, and I can easily dismiss any annoyance at the time I waited as it came from Argentina. Thanks guys! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nathan Rice
Heavy rock with great songwriting, playing, and vocals. Fans of the band and the stoner rock genre will revel in the fact that this record is sonically delicious with great... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eric Vesbit